Sunday, May 17, 2015

Helen Merrill - A Shade of Difference

Originally put out by the Milestone label and later reissued by Landmark, this is a superior and consistently surprising effort by singer Helen Merrill. With arrangements provided by pianist Dick Katz and adventurous yet sympathetic playing by Thad Jones on flugelhorn and cornet, flutist Hubert Laws, altoist Gary Bartz (who is only on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"), Katz, guitarist Jim Hall, either Ron Carter or Richard Davis, on bass and drummer Elvin Jones, this is a particularly strong jazz vocal date. Merrill's voice was at its prime during the era, and her ability to tackle a wide repertoire and to bring new life to standards (including taking "My Funny Valentine" as a fairly free duet with Ron Carter) makes this a highly recommended effort.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Helen Merrill
A Shade of Difference


1 Lonely Woman (Coleman, Guryan)  3:34
2 While We're Young (Wilder, Palitz, Engvick)  2:47
3 Never Will I Marry (Loesser)  4:57
4 I Should Care (Cahn, Stordahl, Weston)  4:11
5 A Lady Must Live (Rodgers, Hart)  4:44
6 I Want A Little Boy (Mencher, Moll)  3:15
7 Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Wolf, Landesman)  6:37
8 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  2:20
9 Lover Come Back to Me (Romberg, Hammerstein)  4:57
10 Where Do You Go ? (Wilder, Sundgaard)  2:21


Helen Merrill - vcl
Gary Bartz - as [# 1]
Hubert Laws - fl
Jim Hall - g
Dick Katz - p
Thad Jones - crnt & flglhrn
Richard Davis [# 1] & Ron Carter - b
Elvin Jones - dr

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City ; July, 1968


marcusr said...

Excellent! Thank you very very much!

deGallo said...

Great upgrade! Thank you.

pedro gamundi said...


AmyBRAINS said...

Great jazz voice!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Zaftig said...

love this woman..

Frasco said...

Thanks once more Melanchthon, wonderful share!

TkL said...

Hello, any change for upload? BR. TkL

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

lucky5 said...

Thanks a lot for sharing, Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon!